East Region adults reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion than adults in Seattle and South Region.
Social cohesion is generally understood as mutual trust among neighbors combined with a willingness to intervene on behalf of the common good. Neighborhoods with high levels of social cohesion tend to have lower rates of violence.
In 2011, King County adults were asked 5 questions about trust in their neighborhood and 5 questions about the likelihood that their neighbors could be counted on to intervene in problem situations.
- The mean social cohesion score for adults in King County was 36.2, with a possible range from 10 (low) to 50 (high).
- Social cohesion scores for East Region residents were higher than those for residents of South Region, Seattle, and King County overall.